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think, that we respect the fact that the emergency manager has the key to the city at this point in time. my relationship with kevin has been positive from the beginning, you know, we don't agree on everything, but at the same token we do it in a very respectful way. i know there are a lot of people that are upset, that are concerned about their futures, but we are now starting from square one. there are going to be a lot of negotiations yet to come. there's going to be a lot of push and pull. i don't think we have a final determination as to what all of the elements are going to be to get us through this process, but it's a process that i think we need to take a lot of care, because there is going to be pain for a lot of different people, but in the long run, i think the future of the city will be bright. there are a lot of positive things that are now happening. there are things that are in queue that will happen in 2014 and once again we all need to get into the same boat, pull together, as tough as it is going to be, it's important for the future of the city that we get this behind u
. >> a city declared bankruptcy what is means for employees counting o pensions. >> zoned out. what it means for. >> we have no problem nothing to hide. the iranian foreign minister when it comes to nuclear cape capability his cup wil country e transparent. >>> what would you pay? imagine owning a picasso for a bargain basement price. >> it's official detroit the nation's once fourth largest city is bankrupt. the judge said they could move forward with bankruptcy proceeding and try to get out from under dollars in debt. the city's city manager says he will present his plan next year. dianes a he is atdiane is in det ruling. john he wants that plan to be as human as possible. but all creed tors creditors coa financial haircut. the judge gives detroit state emergencieemergency manager to t pensions and sell city assets outside the city workers protested. they called the ruling a death sentence for detroit. >> services for city residents will be slashed and our pensions will be on the chopping block. our art institute and water department may be sold off. the judge said bankruptc bankrue the on
at the detroit institutes of art could be auctioned off to help get the city back on financial footing. this hearing has been going on for about an hour now. and the judge put together a 180-page report detailing his decision to declare the city bankrupt. as you can see behind me there are about 60-plus protesters that are opposed to this bankruptcy. they have been out here chanting, no justice, no peace, and no bankruptcy. and they have been doing this for the past four months. >> how many pensioners will be effected in the city of detroit based on these rulings? >> reporter: there will are about a little over 20,000 pensioners, as i mentioned, who depend on these checks. just the other day we interviewed a retiree every month he receives about $800 from the city, and right now he is terrified. it's unclear if the judge is going to make any decision on whether the pensions will be touched or not. but everybody is waiting around here with baited breath. >> what was the judge have to consider in order to allow the bankruptcy filing to continue? >> reporter: well, the judge made some pre
pleases we remain very concerned about the need to add jut the city's debt. >> detroit gets the go ahead to file for bankruptcy. the white house prepares to hard sell the affordable care act, again, and the family of allen gross fights to bring him home for cuba. detroit has officially become the largest city in u.s. history to enter bankruptcy. a federal judge has ruled that the motor city is eligible for protection under chapter nine of the bankruptcy code. the decision clears the way for the city to deal with billions of dollars in debt. but it will also have far reaching implications for its kress tors and pensioners. i have been in touch with legal experts that they thought this was is jut come, and they were right. now there is a goaling that we know where the city of detroit stands now let's move forward. and that was the point that they made during the press conference shortly after the judges ruling. we have a lot of work ahead of us, i would ask our creditors none of which filed objection to our eligibility, but equally our labor partners top to come forward with us and take th
al at the time of the theft. a controversial new plan to create a new city in louisiana is raising questions ... about race and class. the racial makeup of the new city would be dramitcally different with residents being mostly white and affluent. last week, supporters of the plan announced that they collected more than half of the signatures needed ... to let voters decide if they can go forward with the municipal plan. al jazeera's ben lemoine has more. >> jeffrey lee doesn't miss a moment with his grandchildren on the north end of baton rouge. and although they're not in school yet, he knows their education will be the key to a better life. i want them to go to a good school and learn as much as they can. >> but that's a challenge in this city where 60% of public school children aren't learning at grade level. >> it's one of the worst school systems in the state. 01:29:28 how many more generations of children do you have to disserve before you have to say let's try something different. >> lionel rainey is part of a group who claim they're pushing for a "different" plan for bette
>> this is al jazeera america live from new york city. i'm tony harris with a look at today's top stories. detroit is bankrupt. >>> a judge made it official today. current bills will be paid but pensions are due to be cut. a new look at the death of yasser arafat. experts say the palestinian leader was not poisoned. and the moment that divers found a shipwreck survivor right after the tugboat sank. it is, indeed, a momentous day. that is how a federal judge ended the hearing announcing that detroit is available t bece a bankrupt city. it is $18 billion in debt but not without potentially hurting pensioners. we're in detroit, diane, the big question now is moving forward how long does this whole process take? >> we're likely to see a reorganization plan in a month or so. but it is likely to be met with opposition from current municipal employees. >> reporter: the judge gave detroit state appointed emergency manager to file bankruptcy. outside the courts were protesters. >> services, pensions will be on the chopping block, our art institutes the water. >> it may be the only way to b
. workers in 100 cities nationwide say they will walk off the job, demanding higher pay. [ chants ] >> the strike is the latest move in a campaign starting months ago. in fact, this was the scene at one protest in august. fast food workers want the wages raised to $15 per hour. the median in the industry is more than $9. about $18,500 a year. anti-government protesters in ukraine are getting support from three former presidents. in a statement they expressed sol darity. it included former president victor uushanko. weeks of protests show no signs of letting up in kiev. there is a lot at stake. >> the crowds on the streets of key eve hope to change their country's future. ukraine, the name translated into english as on the boarder is that. divided between a pro-russian east and a europe een leading west. the sheer number of people coming out in the ukraine resulting in some of the largest pro-e.u. rallies, but also violence on europe. >> speaking in brussels during a nato summit. secretary of state john kerry called on the government to take heed. >> we urged the ukrainian governme
workers in 100 cities promise to hit the streets to demand higher pay. >> emergency response, what authorities are learning from the desperate 911 calls played dur the newtown massacre. >>> a brutal winter blast. we begin tonight with inequality in the economy and the dangers to young americans. president obama says 10% of the population is now taking home half of the nation's income. he warns the growing canyon between rich and poor is destroying the economy, and threatening the american dream. president obama -- >> the top 20%, has about a two in three chance of staying at or near the top. a child born into the bottom 20% has a less than one in 20 shot at making i.t. to th -- making o the top. he's ten times modifier likely to stay where he is. >> president obama states statistics that shows the average american income is shrinking. the president asked the congress to raise the minimum to $7.10 an hour. encouraging government dependence. white house correspondent mike viqueria joins us with more. mike, why the speech and why now? >> it's a great question john. first of all the fa
education is the key to life. >> i want them to go to school. >> it's a challenge in a city where 60% of public schoolchildren are not learning at grade level. >> it's one of the worst school systems in the state. how many generations of children do you disserve before you say, "let's try something different." lionel rainey is pushing for a different plan for better schools. by breaking away from baton rouge, and starting a new city. the city of st george would encompass an unincorporated area home to a fifth of the residents, it would control and run schools with its own tax residence. >> it's not about starting a city, it's about education. >> it's about 100% total about education. we came into this saying we want to take accountability for the schools in our area >> critics say st george would take more than accountability. the break-up could cost the city at large $53 million - 20% of its budget and would segregate the city. baton rouge is majority black. st george would be a majority white at a 3:1 ratio. >> now we would have white kids going to school over here on this end of t
for a national strike. >>> tonight, crews are working to clear the scene of a train crash in new york city that de-railed on its way to manhattan. at least four people are dead, 63 more hurt of those, at least 11 are in critical condition tonight. al jazeera kimberly dukehardt has the latest from the bronx. >> fire fighters, police and the ntsb could not working through the night, checking the tracks, the actual train cars, mechanical equipment, communication equipment, to try to figure out what went horrible wrong. the holiday weekend ended in tragedy and chaos for those on board this suburban commuter train in northern new york city. the crash happened early sunday morning. >> incidentally, we have reco recovered the event recorder and downloaded the data off of the locomotive. we haven't had a chance to analyze it or verify it at this point. >> officials say the train was carrying about 150 passengers and heading to new york's granted central terminal. >> there was screaming and people trying out to god and asking for their families. it was pretty gruesome. >> it de-railed on a curved s
to last their ship are striking. in 100 cities they are striking, demanding pay. today's strikes are the latest move in a campaign that started last summer. the medium wage is slightly more than $900. >> the workers live in poverty, working in conditions. >> more than two and a quarter americans have non-management jobs with the top 10 fast food chains. anti-government forces, and the post soviet leaders issued solidarity. one is viktor yushenko, coming to power after the orange revolution in 2004. >> the protest scores have persisted for weeks. barnaby phillips reports from kiev. foreign ministers from across europe have come to kiev. this was a scheduled meeting of the osce. it's not in relation to the political crisis specifically, but you can imagine at that meeting ukraine is bound to feature and there'll be different preaches. for example, the general j the polish and the swedish for instances have been outspoken critic much russia's policy towards ukraine. but sergei lavrov, the russian foreign minister is here, and yesterday he condemned what he called n.a.t.o. inference
and a number of cities today demanding a higher minimum wage. they have their pay structures set the way they do. we feel it is the right thing to do for our employees. i think the movement is great, we are starting to -- if this isn't this model here, we are going to copy that business model and every possible sewner of the country that we can. we are opening a second location tomorrow, and so that's sort of proof that it is working. more power to them. this is a capitalistic economy. and people have every right to demand a better wage, and earn a living. and be able to spend time with their families and on things they want to spend it on. >> ryan -- >> investing or -- >> i know we featured your restaurant your chain a few months ago, good to talk to you on al jazeera america, we appreciate your time. brian parker is the co founder of moo cluck moo. in other news now, secretary of state john kerry, made the rounds in the middle east today. he met with israeli is middle east leaders. he also tried to ease concerns to curb the nuclear program. >> let's talk to nick and he is in jerusalem
>> this is al jazeera america live from new york city. i'm tony harris. president bush addressed the growing gap of income between rich ander. >> i believe this is the defining challenge of our time. making sure our economy works for every working american. >> and this session of congress is set to go down in history as the least productive. 911 audio tapes reveal calmness from police dispatchers on the day from the sandy hook elementary school shootings. >> the u.s. economy is growing but today president obama said the income gap between rich and poor americans is growing, too, and he's calling on washington to address the problem. >> a dangerous and growing inequality of upward mobility that jeopardy disease america's basic bargain, if you work hard you have a chance to get ahead. i believe this is the defining challenge of our time. making sure that our economy works for every working everyone. >> oonjonathan betz is here wita breakdown. >> the rich is getting richer and the poor is getting poorer, we hear it all the time, but what does it mean? last year's median income is $5
. >> in 1990, nelson mandela visited new york city. thousands gathered in harlem to hear him speak. jonathan martin is there to tell us about that and what the scene is like tonight. >> a lot of people remember it like it was yesterday, they remember the day in 1990 when the new york city mayor invited nelson mandela to the city. one of the first places he stopped was in harlem. there was a lot of anticipation, excitement, thousands of people came. earlier tonight the apollo theatre had a mark key lit up. the lights went out. it said, "in memory of nelson mandela we remember and love you." a lot of people remember when he came in 1990 it was a big part of the visit. it said welcome home mr and mrs nelson mandela. one of the people who remembered that was the historian, mr billy mitchell. we talked about what that day was like in his memory. >> he was fully aware that all the people from civil rights fighters and to have his preps here, it meant a lot to all of us coming up out of problems. we were going through housing, education, things that of nature. his presence made us feel good, that t
. lebanon's army sets up check points across the northern part of triply. a city on its knees, the city is eligible for bankruptcy. london with all the news from europe, including ukraine's prime minister with those talks the demonstrations continue. and from the ballet to being behind bars, the dancer jailed for an acid attack. french scientists have found more than ten times the level in his chest bone, but say he wasn't poisoned. al jazeera has been briefed on their study into samples taken from arafat's exhumed body, and they conclude he died from a hemorrhage in his brain. clayton swisher has the latest from pace. >> here in paris, nearly a year after yasir arafat's body was resumed, they have made available to mrs. arafat and the legal team, the results of their own report into the skeleton remains. ard cooing to the report, people who have seen it, the french are saying that arafat had brain hemorrhage and digestive infection that caused his death, they say that they are not able to affirm that chromium called his death. that of course, is at odds with what swiss scientists said
city. four people were killed and dozens injured when the train went off the rails on a sharp curve. >> thousands of demonstrators are camped out in key ive a day after demonstrations took a terrible turn. >> the white house says healthcare.gov is running smoothly. now it faces a new test - a rush to sign up before this month's deadline. >> blast off - china's first mission to the moon. the jade rabbit gets ready to explore. >> welcome to al jazeera america. thank you so much for joining us. i'm morgan radford live from new york city. >> crews are working to clear the scene of a fatal train derailment in new york city. a southbound commuter train went off the tracks in the bronx as it headed into manhattan. at least four are dead. 63 more were injured much had those 11 are in critical continue. al jazeera's kilmeny duchardt has more from the bronx. >> firefighters, police, crews and the m.t.s.b. continue to work through the night, checking the tracks, cars, mechanical equipment, to try to figure out what went wrong. >> the halliday weekend ended in tragedy and chaos for those on boa
's look back on the day's events right in the center of the ukrainian capital. in the city center it does feel like a revolution is underway. the city hall has become a headquarters for protestors. all day people came in, just have a liquor enjoy the food and hot drinks, or -- look, or enjoy the food and hot drinks. the carpet won't get damaged in these extraordinary times. the problem for the opposition is where do they go from here? how do they turn occupation into political victory? >> translator: the way to resolve this crisis is through early presidential and parliamentary elections. we want a new confidence resolution in the government of ukraine. this government should resign. >> pictures have emerged from sunday night that show that police were at times brutal in their treatment of protestors and journalists. anton was among dozens who were beaten by police. this is all that's left of his camera. officials say 35 were hurt by police, some in hospital. grim routine of life and a cold winter, this is where we met tatiana, selling cabbage and very much in favor of political change.
. the commuter train that derailed sunday in new york city was going nearly three times faster than the limit. that's the finding of federal investigators looking that the crash that killed 40 passengers. the train was going 82 miles per hour heading into a 30 miles per hour curve. >> the question remains was this caused by operator error or a mechanical mistake on the tracks, or was there an issue with the brakes. from the nsc today, speed was a factor. that was reported by passengers and witnesses. investigators with the national transport safety board now know that the commuter trail was going too fast as it approached the curve. >> the preliminary information - let me emphasis it's preliminary information - from the event recorders showed the train travelling at 82 miles per hour as it went into a 30 miles per hour. it's too early to know whether speeding was caused by an operational or mechanic call error. >> we don't know whether the brakes went to zero appreciature because of a valve or brake pressure. six seconds before stop there was a power setting. >> all of the passengers and crew
of high-end retail in one of this city's wealthiest districts. what we found today is a lot of people who work in this very wealthy neighborhood, as you might expect, live in a very different world. >> alan joining us from south africa. thank you very much. >>> france said it will start disarming fighters in central african republic. they're voting to send troops to the country to restore stability, today we're hearing about the arrest of a senior rebel commander. >> reporter: if we're hearing from eyewitnesses here in the city that a leader has been arrested by the french, he is a top seleka commander very close to the president here. he was viewed as someone who might take over in it came down to it. he is feared by many in the city. he was interior minister at one point. there is even speculation that he ran a secret prison in the city, and with arrests of those who were loyal to the former president. so big news, and it may potentially have an impact on french operations here at the moment. which they're carrying out, disarming people in the streets of this city basically stopping all
strike and tells the prime minister she must resign. >> tonight rescuers in new york city are uprighting toppled train cars, searching for more victims in the deadly train crash. the train derailed in the bronx on the way to manhattan. at least four are dead. there are 63 confirmed injuries. 11 are listed in critical condition. >> al jazeera's kilmeny duchardt is live at the scene. what is the latest on the investigation? >> tonight, on this very chilly night, firefighters, police, crews and the mtsb are combing through every part of the scene down there right now, looking at the tracks, the mechanical equipment, the communication equipment to try to figure out what went horribly wrong. >> the holiday weekend ended in tragedy and chaos for those on board this train. it happened early sunday morning. >> we have recovered the event recorder of the cab car. we downloaded the data off the loko motive. we have not had a chance to analyse it at this point. >> the train was carrying about 150 passengers, heading to new york's grand central station. >> the injuries are consistent with broken bon
saying essentially the came thing. they were able to get in very high profile areas in the city, but he said the fight is not over. and in some respect it will kick back in again after the king's birthday on thursday. >>> reports from north korea suggests that the leader has sacked an important power broker. gerald tan reports that it has government officials in south korea wondering how this could effect the future leadership. i'm sorry, we seem to have loss that report, we'll get back to it as soon as we can -- time now to cross to london for the news from europe. let's join lauren taylor. >>> thank you very much. starting with events in ukraine where the opposition has tried but failed to force a vote of no confidence. but the prime minister has apologized by some of the violence by riot police. demonstrators keep up the pressure on the government. our correspondent is in independence square. rory over to you. >> reporter: in the end, lauren, it wasn't even very close, the opposition are a minority in the european parliament. they needed to push through a boundary of 225 votes to get
lake city and kansas city prepare for the mls cup. and in this league the match was a family battle. the entire league is a single business entity. >> we created the structure that allows us at a very high level to think of things that will help the game grow, and to try to avoid. >> it handles tale teams and it proves that it's working. >> i don't think you can find another soccer team in the world that can say the same thing. i believe we have one of the most competitive soccer leagues in the world. >> they're disciplined and organized and careful about how they spend money. the major league soccer has a salary cap of $3 million. >> it can't touch the pay of the three big sports. the nfl salary cap is $123 million. pro basketball, $59 million. that's per team. the entire mls league wide payroll, $89 million according to the league office with each team allowed to over pay key players. >> the reality is that money talks. and players are, you know, are working towards their livelihood. they have limited careers they want to make as much money as possible and no one can fault them fo
in new york city, killing four people. >>> is something else ailing obamacare? >>> taxing online sales. the supreme court has its say. >>> federal investigators are now looking at the black boxes of a train that derailed in new york city on sunday. they want to know what caused the train to jump the tracks, killing four people and injuring dozens more. crews cleared the tracks so service could resume on one of the busiest train lines. jonathan, good afternoon. how are the cleanup efforts going right now? >> well, stephanie, i would say crews are on the final stretches of work, at least here on the scene they brought on a out a cadaver dog. they uprighted most of the cars at this point. this is the final car. if you can see through the bushes here you'll see that final car there. they were just able to upright with these large cranes that they've been using and they've been hauling the other cars away. in fact the one you've been looking at, the earlier video, this is the car that was just inches from the water, where near where the hudson and harl rivers meet. that fourth person found
city makes history for the wrong reasons. the grim news and steps to save detroit from the grim. >> biden in beijing. the vice president in china for a crucial visit. >> image is everything. this is not a photograph of morgan freeman. what it is is simply extraordinary. >> you are looking at live pictures of air force two in beijing china. vice president joe biden landed, days after the b 52 flew no disputed airspace over the south china sea, and questions about the disputed islands between japan and china. that's what the vice president is talking about in budget after leaving japan. we'll have more on that in a moment. >> we begin with this - the deadly train derailment. investigators say it was travelling at 82 miles per hour, three times the limit before the crashing, killing four, leaving dozens injured. with the speed we are learning something new about the man at the controls and what happened in the seconds before the disaster. lisa stark has more on that. >> they wouldn't say what condition rockefella may have been in. there's no indication of mechanical problems. the b
judge green lights detroit's bankruptcy plan, allowing the city to cut pension plans. >>> joe biden - safety in the sky, a dispute between china and japan. >>> and a report says yasser arafat was not poisoned by radioactive polonium. it it disputes findings that there were high levels of the chemical in his body. >> hello, welcome to al jazeera america. i'm thomas draiton, good to have you with us. we are learning about the man at the controls when a speeding commuter train derailed in new york city, killing four and injuring dozens more. the engineer was in a daze at the time. lisa stark has more on the investigation. >> the national transportation safety board wouldn't say what condition the engineer may have been in prior to the tragedy, but found no indications of mechanic call problems. the brakes on the train, that barrelled along at 80 miles per hour, the breaks were tested before the run began, and worked fine at all the stops before the accident. here is board member earl weener. >> based on this data, there's no indication that the brakes were not functioning. >> rockerfe
stop the deadly violence. >> frozen solid - major american cities at a standstill as an ice storm drifts across the country. >> his spirit and yours - as a family we commit ourselves to uphold and be guided by the prepared to die for >> nelson mandela's family share their grief as the world mourns. president obama and the first lady will travel to south africa for nelson mandela's memorial service next week. >> hello, welcome no al jazeera america, i'm morgan radford live from new york city. reinforcements on the town in trying to end the violence. nearly 400 people have been killed in the fighting in the past three days. france is dispatching more than 1,000 troops and the african union plans to double its forces. 10,000 have fled the capital. officials ordered everyone off the streets of bangui. for the latest on the crisis we start in bangui. a warning - you may find some of these images disturbing. >> french soldiers on food patrol in bangui. this is new to the city and welcomeded by men. they are here to reassure people enough to open up shops. at the moment there's no food o
a business in a bankrupt city. detroit opens its very first distillery in 100 years. ♪ good morning and welcome to al jazeera america, i'm morgan live from new york. this morning 26,000 commuters in new york city suburbs have to find another way to get to work. this after a train derailed yesterday just outside of manhattan. the accident left four dead and dozens injured and ntsb investigators have now recovered the train's data recorder and trying to determine exactly what caused the crash. >> our mission is to understand not just what happened but why it happened with the intent of preventing it from happening again. >> reporter: the train jumped the tracks just as it was getting ready to leave the bronx and cross into manhattan and 7 cars derailed with the lead car feet away from the hudson river. it happened along a curved section of the track and trying to figure out the excessive speed played a role. an al jazeera's john is here live from the bronx, john? >> morgan good morning. the hudson line of metro north railroad is one of the busiest commuter rail routes in the world. 2
liabilities detroit's bankruptcy plan, the ruling allowing the city to cut retiree pensions. >> joe biden's trying to find a diplomatic solution over disputes between china and japan. >> he's alive. >> what started as a recovery mission becomes a stunning rescue. the sole survivor of a capsize at sea stuck from days on the bottom of the atlantic. >>> a good morning and welcome to al jazeera america. it's good to have you with us. i'm drait. in a major development. the engineer of the train apparently admitted to a nunion representative that he nodded off at the controls. it happened while the train travelled at 82 miles per hour. the ntsp removed the commoout ear rail employees union, citing a breach of confidentiality when they talked to the media. >> al jazeera correspondent has the latest on the investigation. >> for the first time since the metro north train derailment leaving four dead and dozens injured attention is shifting from mechanical failure, focussing on the train's engineer. >> based on this data, there's no indication that the brake systems were not functions properly. >>
been. a monumentel ruling for the motor city, a judge decides if detroit can file for bankruptcy today. resignation rejected, thailand's prime minister refuses to step down as antigovernment protesters storm her office building. and protection from poachers, how the illegal ivory trade is threatening elephants. ♪ 82 miles per hour, that is how fast federal investigators say a commuter train was traveling before i derailed sunday outside new york city. the train was heading into a dangerous curve and should have been going 30 miles per hour. good morning and welcome to al jazeera america, it's good to have you with us, i'm thomas. crews used heavy equipment to clear the crash scene and turned the derailed cars upright and put them back on the tracks. al jazeera erica has the latest on the investigation and good morning. >> investigators say over the next few days the rail cars and train will be moves to a secure location for a more detailed examination. at this point they have not determined if the train wreck which killed four people and injured 60 others was the result of facility b
arafat's death as the french rule out poisons as the cause. a historic day in detroit, as the motor city becomes the largest municipality ever to enter bankruptcy. the decision clears the way for detroit to shed $18 billion in debt, but not without hurting residents, creditors and pensioners. she is in detroit, bc, what's been the reaction to this decision, a lot of people obviously impacted by this? >> yes, i can tell you that reaction for the most part has been micked. on one hand, you have these retireees who they know for the most part they were dreading this day, and they heard what they didn't want to hear. they were hearing that their pension could be reduced and on the other hand, i am hear alsoing from people who say okay, we realize we recognize and now it is confirmed that the city has a huge financial problem on its hands so maybe we can use this bankruptcy as an opportunity to start over. >> that's the big fear. our mentions may go on the chopping block, our water department may be sold off, and this is the fear. >> for me personally, and for most of the people in detroit. a
of the protests in the center of the city in defiance of their government calling for its resignation. and waving the flag of the european union in many cases. tonight the protesters have had a boost. the german ambassador has arrived. he was due for a conference, and he has met with opposition leaders and said ukraine's route to europe is still hope. i would imagine that the group behind me would be happy about that. >> reporter: the churches of kiev are packed as people look for reassurance and spiritual support. many of those who come to pray have been taking part in the demonstrations in the nearby streets. and protesters who come from other parts of ukraine have been sleeping in the grounds of st. michael's cathedral. >> the church is not involved in politics. we don't take sides. but we do have a role to to support those in need. we have to open our doors. this is our mission. >> but at a nearby square priest have joined the protest movement. take a look at how organized everything is. this is where you can make a donation to the cause. opposition parties and activists ensure this money is
an american teacher. it happened while the man was out runnin running in e eastern city. the imagine cut chemistry, no one has claimed responsible for the attack. six people are dead and several others wounded. was attacked on wednesday, suicide bombers and armed fighters attacked the compound. the gun battle with police, no group has said that it carried out the attack. >> now there are more syrians living in the jordanian province than jordanians. the influx is worrying resident that is say the refugee crieses is maiming them poorer and frustrated. >> the government says this is causing infrastructure to crumble, and that's significant funds are required to meet additional demand for services like water, sanitation, and electricity. >> the u.n. refugee agency and its partners are trying to mitigate the impact of the refugee crisis by funding clean up campaigns to improve sanitation here. an old bakery has been renovated with new equipment, to triple bread production and kate tore a larger population. they appreciate the help, but say jordanians need more support. >> all of these aid ag
... >>> this is al-jazeera america, live from new york city. i am tony harris with a look at today's top stories. >> it tells us what happened. it doesn't tell us why it happened. >> what happened is that the train that de-railed and killed four people in new york was going faster than it was supposed to. but figuring out why could take months. after two months offications, the federal government healthcare web sight appears to be working better but it's not working completely. that could mean more trouble. violent protests pit rich against pour. now, opposition leader threatening to overthrow thailand's government. >> 82 miles per hour. >> that's how fast federal investigators say a commuter train was going when it de-railed on sunday. four people died when the metro-north train jumped the tracks on, on a curve, dozens more were hurt. investigators now know how fast the train was going. they still don't know for sure why it de-railed. let's take you to jonathan martin. he is at the crash site in the bronx. jonathan? >> reporter: hey, tony. you know, investigators have said from t
as investigators look into what caused sunday's deadly train derailment in new york city. >> our mission is to oh understand not only what happened but why it happened with the intent of it ever happening again. >> four people died when a manhattan-bound train jumps the trans in a riverside curve in the bronx. and the derailment is having a huge impact on one of the nation's busiest commuter rail line. we're in the bronx where those train cars derailed. john, explain what you're seeing now. >> reporter: good afternoon. the hudson line is one of the busiest commuter rodz i routes e world. 26,000 people use it every day to get in to new york city and home again, but not today. more than 24 hours after the crash that killed four people and injured more than 60 they're making good progress. but they're still clearing the tracks. >> it was going fast, and as it hit the curve it was flying. >> reporter: in an instant all seven cars came off the tracks and slid down a small hill landing just inches from the hudson river. >> there was screaming, people screaming out for god, and asking for their families
area. >> thank you very much. that's joseph cheng from city university in hong kong. thank you. >>> now, anti-government protesters marched towards the royal thai headquarters in bangkok, despite a truce with authorities, handing the police a letter, calling for an investigation into the death v four protesters. the thai capital saw huge protests for the past 11 days. meanwhile a clean-up operation is under way in bangkok. the nation is preparing to mark the king's birthday on thursday. scott heidler has more. >> and just 24 hours it went from rows of riot police to rows of street sleepers. protesters are taking a pause. they said they would stop tuesday morning, they pulled down barricades. today, wednesday, is the day before the king's birthday. it is clean-up day. this is going to be one of the big sites for the king's birthday on thursday. right now the protesters agreed to stop everything, they'll move everyone out of here. and now they are pitching in with the city workers and they are cleaning up the area. >> now, the ukrainian prime minister says he plans to go ahead with the ca
be special prayer position set up in different cities around the country where people can go, leave memories, sign letters to nelson mandela and demonstrate their interest at remembering this man at various places around the country. it's going to be a very, very busy and historic week. >> allen we'll be checking with you soon. thank you so much. >>> and in los angeles many are paying their respects to nelson mandela as well. he visited the city after his release to prison in 1990. brian rooney is in los angeles and joins us from the first earchafrican methodist church. tell us more about that, and about any special services happening there today. >> he actually came here, only a few months after his release from prison, in june of 1990. and nelson mandela was always kind of a focus. this was one of the leading churches in all of los angeles. a real community center. and they always held a candle for nelson mandela during the american years of civil rights struggle, and in those years when he was in prison they felt a connection to him which was completed when he actually came here in 1990.
of a city block. >> there were multiple gunshots fired. >> it can track a gunman thousands of miles away. >> if you can track it then you can predict it. >>> severe winter storms are causing power outages and caused so much trouble with traffic across the country. temperatures in north dakota plunged to 20 degrees below zero over the weekend. winter weather advisories are in effect from vermont to virginia as the system moves east. we have more on all of this weather across the country. jaleel la. >> the conditions across washington, d.c. to new york city are alley deteriorating. look at the traffic cam right now. the roadways empty. they should be empty. look at that snow piled up on the roadways. that's the scene in washington, d.c. very different scene in new york city. cloudy skies for sure. don't worry, the snow and the sleet is on the way, and temperatures are going to plummet as we track on into the evening hours. take a look at the map here behind me. as a matter of fact, this is i-70 just east of i-270 right outside of frederick, maryland. the roads are looking horrible right no
on this situation. >> in the city center, it does feel like a revolution is underway. the city hall has become a headquarters for protesters. all day, people came in. just have a look or enjoy the food and hot drinks or even to catch a nap. amidst all of this, a workman valiantly removes the carpet so that it won't get damaged in these extraordinary times. the problem for the opposition is: where do they go from here? how do they turn occupation into political victory? >> the way to resolve this crisis is through presidential and parliamentary elections. we have a resolution in the government of ukraine. this government should resign. >> pictures have emerged from sunday night that show the police were, at times, brutal in their treatment of protesters and journalists. anton is a photographer, beaten by riot police. he pleaded with them to stop. these are his bruises. this is all that's left of his camera. the police were also on the receiving end. officials say 35 were hurt by protesters. some are in hospital. away from the city center, there are no protests, just the grim routine of life in
to raise the minimum wage. a lot of talk about that here in d.c. where the city council is voting to raise the minimum wage. democrats are now worried about heading into the midterm election, and with the senate up for grabs, so the president is going there, speaking to a liberal think tank, the center for american progress who is sponsoring the talk. he is bolstering his base, renewing some of his themes he has been talking about and setting his agenda not only for the state of the union speech coming up presumably last month, but also for the last three years of his presidency, stephanie. >> all right. we'll check back with you later >>> the president and other senior officials will take part in a youth summit at the white house. dozens of young people will gather to discuss the affordable care act, the economy and other important issues. >>> congress has a lot to get done before the end of the year, but it's not clear if the work will be finished since lawmakers don't plan to spend a lot of time in washington. libby casey good morning. what are the pressing items, and how much hope that
from the capital. >> we have heard gun fire and mortar rounds as well. all over this city. pretty close to where we are in this hotel now. the city is deserted. people are staying inside the homes. probably the worst fighting bungi has seen since sellicka rebels came into the capital taking control of the country in march in year. we understand - this is from the french military, that the people behind the attack, known as anti-ballica. they are a christian militia who started off as a protection force. now, we don't know whether they have actually grown in size, whether they do have a lot of heavy weaponry at the moment. the african forces which are here and present in bongi have been deployed to different parts of the city. their role is to protect the airport and french citizens. it comes as we wait for a u.n. security council to vote on a second resolution to tend in not only more troops but african forces. at the moment there's no one here to protect civilians. >> more ahead, including what a steal. while looters let loose on supermarkets and department stores in argentina. not jus
jazeera america. i'm morgan radford, live in new york city. >> an american war veteran detained in north korea is on his way back to the united states. merrill newman departed beijing airport about 15 minutes ago, headed for his home in san francisco. he'd been held in north korea since late october. officials said they released newman on humanitarian grounds and for apologising for crimes committed during the korean war. he spoke to reporters before leaving beijing. >> i'm glad to be coming home. >> melissa chan has more. >> great news that merrill newman has been freed. you can well imagine how distraught his family has been. he's missed thanksgiving, but will be home in time for the holidays. we hear that merrill newman was part of a special unit called the white tigers. military intelligence stole secrets - we didn't know about the group until the 1990s. so from the north korean perspective they consider merrill newman, even though he's advanced in age, a serious enemy. from the north korean perspective and because of their propaganda they believe they are in imminent danger from an
in jail after protesting in the city of alexandria in october. we first have reports from cairo. >> before saturday's appeal hearing these 14 women just 17 and 18 years old were facing 11 years in jail for taking part in a protest against egypt's military-backed government. the harsh sentences provoke outrage nationally and internationally. the appeal court now given the women one-year suspended sense. >> wthey are stronger than bef before. >> hseveral girls have been givn sentences for three months probation. >> we believe they are innocent. this is unjustified judgment. so for that the not 100% success, of course. >> but there are thousands of people still in jail in egypt yet to face trial for offenses they're accused of committing since the backdown of the las, d many believe that the government was trying to make an example of them. but that may have backfired. the focus is on the continue crackdown of anti-protest protesters. >> muslim brotherhood supporters have been acquitted. they were charged with spreading chaos after being arrested in cairo. the charges include attacking securi
being honored in cities large and small 1234 absolutely, del, and people here and in nelson mandela square in the rain at 7:00 in south africa, a soggy evening, but it doesn't seem to offend the crowds much. they have been coming here constantly to the many tribute centers set up around the country for nelson mandela. now this is a very ritzy mall. this is really the heart of high-end retail in the city of johannesburg, and it is in one of the richest districts in this country. as we found out today many of the people who work in this neighborhood, as you might expect live in a very different world. mandela square mall, some of the richest retail in south africa. and a short few blocks away a different story. part of the crowd of sidewalk vendors on mod street. they sell what they make seven days a week. on a good day they might make $45. on a bad day less than $300. 3--less than $3, and some days nothing. they live and create their pieces recycling street trash into instant art. they rent in single room at just $100 a month. they're keenly aware of how money flows here. >> when you
with this plan. >> elsewhere, an american teacher has been shot dead in libya. it happened in the eastern city of benghazi. gunman shot the man who works at an international school. no one has claimed responsibility for that attack. u.s. secretary of state has presented ideas on improving israeli security as part of the deal between israelis and palestinians. >> i believe we are making some progress. the parties remain committed to this task. they are meeting regularly and we have remind in very close touch with both leaders. once again, israel's security is fundamental to these negotiations. >> john kerry is in meetings today. we are in ramallah right now. >> they don't share the optimism that you might have gotten in the meeting between mr. kerry and mr. netanyahu. the palestinian negotiators say the process has ground to a halt and hope mr. kerry can get them out of what they're calling a crisis. the israelis say they are creating crisis. the palestinians say the israelis are not serious when it comes to talks. it is not clear if there have been any meaningful talks. they point to the conti
from different locations on the city on descending on government house, that is the main target of the protest and wayne reports now on their progress. >> reporter: the leader of the antigovernment movement called for one more show of strength to topple the governmentments. protesters are on long journey to cross the thai capitol bangkok and call it the final battle and say the objective was cle clear. the protest started a month ago with the stated aim of returning power to the people and as they began the long march the prime minister made a concession. >> translator: brothers and sisters of thailand, i'm yingluck shinawatra the prime minister of thailand and i would like to notify everyone after listening to opinions on all sides i decided to request a royal decree to resolve parliament this year. >> reporter: the goals of the protesters have changed and as they arrived at the office of the prime minister it became clear that a new election wasn't enough. >> translator: dissolving parliament doesn't matter and we have come here because we want to restore the monarchy and
in the city of tripoli and they have taken sides in the war in neighboring syria and people have been putting up barricades to protect their homes from snipers. and a rebel group says it sees an army base where an up rising began 2 1/2 years ago and released a statement on sunday night saying it took a weapons depo on the city and took the weapons and ammunitions and military gear from the base. to egypt says they are one step closer to holding elections and it will allow the army to try civilians in military courts and let it decide who the defense minister will be for the next eight years and the political parties based on religion, that is bad news for the deposed muslim brotherhood and go to a referendum next year and elections will take place in six months and we are in cairo and basically we are hearing it will bolster the military's hand and the parties, are those the highlights? >> those are the highlights and there was one additional change that took place last night before the draft was finalized. originally the plan was to have the constitution put to referendum and parliamentary e
through the city. [ sirens ] >> reporter: some say this was an attempted coup d'État. security forces called celica. the streets of this once bustling city are almost deserted. those who venture out risk ending up like this. it's not clear how many people have died in this mortuary we counted 25 bodies. this woman lost her son. she didn't want to give us her name. >> i don't know what is happening in central african republic right now. if you go in you see people on the ground like animals who have been slaughtered. with the state of the country, where can i go? >> this is where most of the injured have been brought. most have wounds, women are being treated along side government soldiers. [ sobbing ] >> this woman asked god, why has this happened? there christian and muslim victims in this conflict. muslims and christians used to live in this country peacefully. but hatred and violence has taken over and people forget. >> reporter: the french are warning there could be genocide here. france will be sending in more soldiers soon to strengthen the african union force. on the streets, i
to come out to watch what is going on. but there are still tens of thousands of those in the city who are preferring to stay under forces at the airport. >> a suicide-bomber drove a car explosive into the main gates and building. the ministry complex has been targeted because u.s. drones were being operated from there. >>> seven filipinos killed in an attack. they were working the hospital at military headquarters. 10 million filipinos work overseas. >>> we have more from kiev and anti-government protests. >> reporter: there has been a headline set for demonstrators in kiev to take city hall. let's take you live to kiev. >> reporter: in the last few minutes we heard from the opposition meeting behind me at the trade union house, which they've been using as protest headquarters throughout the demonstration. their initial reaction is how can we negotiate and hold talks when we are surrounded by riot police. that's their message to the government. now they have not ruled out completely the idea of talks. they have been willing to negotiate, and that is the removal of president yanukovych
>> this is al jazeera america. live from new york city i'm tony harris with a look at today's top stories. scores of world leaders travel osearchto south africa for the l this week. snow and high winds as the u.s. finds itself in a deep chill. world leaders from nearly 100 nations are making their way to south africa to honor one man: nelson mandela. among those already in south africa former u.s. president jimmy carter who is in johannesburg. kofe annan. and the former president of ireland is there. dozens of others are en route. president obama and the first lady left for south africa, board air force 1 joined by george bush and his wife. are ali velshi is leading our team in johannesburg. ali, set the scene for us literally hours before the event tomorrow in johannesburg. >> well it's gone cold, tony, it's raining tonight in johannesburg. it was a clear day. police were setting up barricades and rerouting. you could see dignitaries coming in and police convoys. as you said jimmy carter is here as well. george w. bush, bill clinton will be here, world leaders from all over the p
years they feel they're doing pretty well compared to many in this city. not far away inside of the commercial high rises of sandton is alexandria township where persistent groining grinding poferlt shapes lives. the remains of his house bears his prisoner number from decades of incarceration. earning $2 a day or less, the unemployment rate is about 25% and most of those unemployed are young. alfie and claudia say they are not disappointed but the government -- >> i wish to have more. when none of this is done you get another face and make your future bright. >> so things aren't too bad but they wouldn't mind if thinks were just a little bit better. the people with the money had have the money. they don't think much of that money is flowing downhill into alexandria and the bez valley. >> al jazeera america will provide further coverage of the memorial. i will be back early, covering the service, our coverage begins at 4:00 a.m. eastern, 1:00 pacific. >>> fighting in central african republic began last month, there won't be any u.s. troops on the ground. defense secretary chuc
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